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NEWS ARCHIVE 2003-2004 Do you have paddle news? send it to us: news@paddlepro.com
The following headlines appeared between July 1, 2003 and June 30, 2004
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The American Platform Tennis Association (APTA), in conjunction with industry leaders, wants to get to know you better. Armed with accurate information, we can better direct our efforts to serve your needs. We can also use this profile to build marketing relationships with desirable potential sponsors. This will help the APTA with its #1 objective: to grow the sport of platform tennis.

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Introducing Premier Purple

Westchester OH
Premier Platform Tennis introduces new color for platform tennis courts @ Beckett Ridge Country Club.

See pictures and read more about this exciting new look.

New Locations

With help from the APTA, there are around a hundred new locations for those of you wondering where to play platform tennis. New locations in New York, Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and many more states. There are even two new states that have been added, Missouri and Georgia. With all of these new locations, that raises the total number of locations to three hundred and fifty-five!

Six New Tips

There are six new tips at Paddlepro.com from the professionals at the Viking Academy. The Backhand Volley by Sherri Shea, the Drive Strategy by Mike Cochrane, how to Get The Most Out of Your Partner by George Zink, some Service Alternatives by Rusty Wright, Playing With And Against Lefties by John Millbank, and how to Find a Weakness by Mike Rahley. All tips can be found in the tips section.

Battle @ Beckett Video Trailer

The 90 second video trailer for the Battle at Beckett from the Midwesterns 2004 is now available at Paddlepro.com. Both Windows and Macintosh users can view the movie so click here to view the video trailer or click here to purchase the DVD of the exhibition match with the Jensen Brothers against David Ohlmuller and Chris Gambino. The DVD is only $19.99 and with the purchase you can get a Battle At Beckett T-Shirt for just $5.

Spotlight on Arizona

As another addition to Paddlepro.com's extras section, there is now an article on a unique place to play platform tennis, because when you think of the environment surrounding a platform tennis court, you think of cold, dry air, the court surrounded by cedar trees with leaves turned color from the autumn months, then without any leaves over the winter months. This is an all too common sight, unless you happen to play at the Johnson Tennis Courts in Sun City, Arizona. Click here to read the article.

Battle at Beckett on Tennis Channel

The Battle @ Beckett will air on the Tennis Channel Sunday Afternoon April 11, 2004 following the Davis Cup Finals. If you dont get the channel you can petition your cable provider here - You can buy the Battle @ Beckett on DVD here.

Intelligencer Journal

Lancaster, PA
Intelligence Journal reports: "Lancaster County's George and Lauren Zink achieved an unprecedented pair of doubles championships in platform tennis"

"Lauren and George Zink have won their share of national tennis championships, but on the week-end of March 12-14, they pulled off an American first in platform tennis, becoming the first husband wife team to win both the husband/wife and open mixed doubles national 'championships in Wilmington, Del." 

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2004 Junior Rankings

The Junior Rankings for the 2003-2004 season are in. These rankings consist of six divisions, split by the ages of 18, 14, 12, 10 and under boys and for the first time 18 12 and under girls. Last year was the first year the Juniors were ranked and we would like to see the divisions continue to keep growing.

Photos from 2004 Nationals

Photos from the 2004 Nationals
View two pages of action shots from 2004 Nationals. Over 80 pictures from the courts photo page 1  photo page 2

'B' Nationals 2004 Results

The first ever Women's B National championships took place this past Friday, March 19th at the Patterson Club in Fairfield, CT. Congratulations to Barbara Acosta and Sarah Layton who defeated Cecelia Bowers and Scooter Purse, 6-3, 7-6 (5). For more information and drawings, please see the Nationals B.
Congratulations to Tony Brown and Scott Crabtree who defeated Jim Borho and Andrew Canning, 6-3, 6-1. for full details see Men's Draw

Battle @ Beckett available on DVD

1993 French Open Champs Luke and Murphy Jensen accept challenge from 2003 National Platform Tennis Champs David Ohlmuller and Chris Gambino to a Platform Tennis Match. The match is professionally produced by Murray Multimedia Inc. Sportscasters Pete Holterman teams with Bob Considine to commentate the event. This event was covered by 5 news stations including ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX. See the full color cover and insert here

Buy the DVD here - get a Battle @ Beckett shirt for $5!

APTA to raise money for new courts.

The APTA is planning a series of events to raise this money. One idea is a series of golf outings, as many APTA members are tied into some of the most beautiful Country Clubs in the nation. A number of our member clubs are home to the top 50 golf courses!

details here

Womens 40+, 60+ Nationals 2004

In the Womens 40+ Nationals Shea / Noyes have defeated Faig / Takach (6-3, 7-6) to be the number one team. Meanwhile the Womens 60+ Nationals sees Hatch / Humners going over Garette / Simmers (7-5, 6-4) to be the best. Click here to read more about the Nationals 2004 or click the Womens 40+ or 60+ to see the brackets for each tournament.

Tennis Channel schedules Platform Tennis
The TEnnis Channel

April 11th on the Tennis Channel
For the first time since the 70's Platform Tennis returns to TV.  Following the Davis Cup Finals Sunday April 11th.  more info

Mixed Nationals

Wilmington, DE
Lauren and George Zink add a pair of National Champion trophies to their mantle winning both the Mixed Nationals and Husband/Wife Nationals in the same weekend

Results here

2004 Final Rankings

Final Men's Rankings for the 2003-2004 season

Final Women's Rankings for the 2003-2004 season

Viking Junior Paddle Tour
Viking Junior Tour

The Patterson Club Junior Paddle Open was played on February 29, 2004 at the Patterson Club in Fairfield, Connecticut. 30 teams from around the tri-state area competed in 10, 12, 15 and 18 and under divisions. This was the final leg of the APTA Viking Junior Paddle Tour. details

National "B" Championships
National "B" Championships

Fairfield, CT
The Men's and Women's B National Championship are at the Patterson Club in Fairfield Connecticut March 19-21, 2004. New this season is a Womens B division. Read more about this tournament here

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2004 Nationals Winners
2004 Nationals

Cleveland, OH
2004 Nationals
Goodspeed / Mansager win Men's National Championship
Doten / Keane
win Women's National Championship
Region 1 wins Women's Presidents Cup
Region 1 wins Men's Presidents Cup

Full Coverage of Draws

Platform Tennis Magazine

In this Issue:
- Junior News - Battle @ Beckett - How to handle the Big Serve - Cleveland sets the Stage - An Interview with Carolyn Tierney - Sound Shore Invitational - and regional news from Long Island, Western Pennslyvania, New Jersey, and Greater Cincinnati. 32 full color pages.

Issue 4 has been mailed, if your a subscriber you should have your copy by the end of the week.  If not subscribe now.

Platform Tennis Press Kit
Platform Tennis Press Kit

Have you seen any articles recently on platform tennis in your local daily? The weekly? On the six o'clock news? Why not? Because press coverage requires a pitch. Before the 75th anniversary season ends, consider making an effort to get some local press.

The Promotion Committee has created a press kit to make the job easy. Included in this kit are sheets on the history of the game, the rules, the players, the businesses; even copy-right free photos for members of the media to use.

press kit information

St. Baldricks
St Baldricks

Larchmont, NY
LYC Platform Team to Shave their heads for National Childhood Cancer Foundation
Jim Anderson reaches his goal of $1,000.00 to shave his head on St. Patricks Day.  He calls out team members and all Platform Tennis players to do the same.  details here

Bronxville NY Tourney raises $15,000

Bronxville, NY
The Jansen Memorial Hospice Platform Tournament was won by Mary Sturgis and Rusty Wright over Tina Kelly and Gary Squires on February 10th.  More notably the annual tournament raised approximately $15,000 for The Jansen Memorial Hospice program in Tuckahoe, NY.  more results here

Lehigh Valley Classic
Lehigh Valley Classic

Allentown, PA
Tune up your game before Nationals - enter the Lehigh Vallley Classic held on February 21st and 22nd.
Last day to sign up is Thursday 2-19-04

Men's Draw is now posted

Interview with Chris Gambino
Interview with Chris Gambino

Chris Gambino took the time to be interviewed by Paddlepro.com. In this interview we asked eleven questions on what he is best at, his opinion on unique gimmicks for tournaments like the Red Zone, platform tennis vs normal tennis and if he would ever challenge one of the Jensens to a singles match at tennis. Click here to read the interview.

Tennis Week Magazine
Tennis Week Magazine Article

Tennis Week Magazine publishes article on page 68 of February 17th 2004 issue about the Battle @ Beckett. Photos taken by Wayne Dollard of Platform Tennis Magazine of Battle Participants Chris Gambino Luke and Murphy Jensen, David Ohlmuller and event coordinator Jason Gray. see a picture of this article here.

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Short Hills Invitational

Short Hills, NJ
Men's Draw: Scott Estes and Scott Mackesy beat Bondurant / Todd Ward in finals 6-0 6-2.   Semi's: Estes/Mackesy over Kaufman/Easterbrook, Bondurant/Ward over Anderson Stulac.
Women's Draw: Cindey Prendergast and Lauren Zink defeat Sherri Shea and Andrea Noyes in finals 6-3, 6-3.  Semis: Prendergast/Zink over Delmonico/Morse, Shea/Noyes over Debbs/Hogan

2004 Nationals in Cleveland
2004 Nationals

Don't get left out of this years main event!  Draws are filling quickly with 1 month to go. See who has signed up already Men's Draw, Women's Draw. Entry deadline is Feb 23rd. Talk to competitors in the Nationals Message Board.

Sign up online

National "B" Championships
National "B" Championships

Fairfield, CT
The Mens and Womens B National Championship are at the Patterson Club in Fairfield Connecticut March 19-21, 2004. New this season is a Womens B division. Read more about this tournament here

Sign up online

Lehigh Valley Classic
Lehigh Valley Classic

Allentown, PA
Tune up your game before Nationals - enter the Lehigh Vallley Classic
Centrally located between Philadelphia (1 hour) and New York City (1 hour 20 minutes), the tournament has become a battleground for top teams from Region I and Region III. details here.

Sign up online

Canadian Open 2004
Canadian Open

Toronto, Ontario
On April 3rd - 4th, the Kingsway Platform Tennis Club will be hosting the Canadian Open 2004 that will feature a Men's A and B draw along with a Women's A and B draw if numbers warrent. details here..

Cincinnati Pulse Journal
Pulse Journal

By Steven Matthews
'Battle at Beckett' a huge success --- Fans brave cold to watch Jensen brothers.
When he described last Thursday's "Battle at Beckett," Jason Gray referred to James Earl Jones' famous quote from Field of Dreams "It's one of those things where if you build it they will come" said Gray, Ridge's director of Racquet sports....view full article here

Three Rivers Mens Invitational

Philladelphia, PA
On Saturday and Sunday, January 24-25, 2004, 68 men competed in the second annual WPPTA division II-V tournament, the Three Rivers Invitational. Ted Kintner won the event for the second time, this year with Dave Manges.
Click here for more information and photos.

Blue Ridge Women’s Open

Charlottesville, Virginia
The inaugural Blue Ridge Women’s was a big hit! Outstanding paddle, sportsmanship and camaraderie were the hallmarks of this event held in beautiful Charlottesville, Virginia. 15 teams from as far away as Lancaster, Baltimore, Washington and Richmond competed. more here...

2004 Nationals Registration Opens Today
2004 Nationals

The Greater Cleveland Platform Tennis Association (GCPTA) in conjunction with the APTA announce that the registration for the Marsh 2004 APTA Men’s & Women’s National Championships is now open! The Championships and President’s Cup will be held March 4-7th hosted by the Cleveland Racquet Club and surrounding Cleveland area clubs. click here for Nationals 2004 Web page

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Hinsdale to get 4 Platform Tennis Courts

Surban Life reports:
Enthusiasts of platform tennis will soon have another place to play thanks to the efforts of people like Hinsdale residents Paul Wiggin and Bill O'Brien

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Battle @ Beckett Mock Turtlenecks

Get your limited edition "Battle at Beckett" Mock Turtlenecks from the greatest event in the history of platform tennis. These one of a kind Black Mock Turtlenecks are Cotton Deluxe 100 % Super Heavyweight 7.1 ounce. Be part of platform history.
On sale now in the proshop

Midwesterns 2004 Results
Midwesterns 2004 Results

Cincinnati, Oh
The finals of the 2004 Men's Midwesterns Tournament saw Gambino and Ohlmuller winning over Goodspeed and Mansanger with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-1.
Gambino and Ohlmuller had wins over Keevins / Uihlein, Hallett / Katz, Hertzel / Gerwin in their way to victory of the 64 team tournament while Goodspeed and Mansanger had victories over Estes / Milbank, Mott / Pierce, the Jensen Brothers and McKnight / Williams on their way to the final match. In the Women's Midwesterns Tournament Budde and Rudd defeated Kotas and Maxwell in the finals of the 32 team tournament. Click here to read the extensive coverage of the tournament and to view the draws.

Surburban Life

January 14, 2004 Surban Life Reports:
Hinsdale speeds effortto add platform tennis
by Melissa Rubalcaba

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Exhibition Results
Midwesterns 2004 Pre Event

Cincinnati, Oh
The score of the first set was 6-1 for Gambino / Ohlmuller. The competitive Jensen's split up and played the second set against one another, Luke partnered with Dave Ohlmuller and Murphy with Chris Gambino. This set was high energy and went deep into a tie-breaker before Luke and David emerged victorious. Click here to read on and to see more pictures of the event.

Platform Tennis on Fox News
Platform Tennis on Fox News

Cincinnati, Oh
Luke and Murphy Jensen and Dave Ohlmuller do pre exhibition interview and hit a platform tennis ball around Fox Studios in Cincinatti. The Battle @ Beckett is set to be played 6:30 tonight at Beckett Ridge Country Club if your in Ohio, don't miss it. Click here to see photos from Fox this morning.

Midwesterns 2004 in Cincinnati Enquirer
Midwesterns 2004 in Cincinnati Enquirer

Cincinnati, Oh
The both the Cincinnati Enquirer
and the Kentucky Journal have an article about the Midwesterns 2004 with the exhibition match between the Jensen brothers against David Ohlmuller and Chris Gambino. The article goes in depth about some specifics and history of platform tennis as well. To view the article, please click here to see the article on the Cincinnati Enquirer's website or click here to view other various press information about the Midwesterns 2004. The photo comes courtesty of the Cincinnati Enquirer and photographer Michael E. Keating.

2004 Sound Shore Invitational Results
2004 Sound Shore Invitational

Sound Shore Invitational proved to be the year of the upset. One seeded team made the Semis in the Mens Open Draw and the same on the Womens side.  Anthony Cosimano and Steve Haller won the Men's Open and the the #2 Seeded Bobo Delaney / Tonia Mangan won the women's draw.  Zander Comfort / Bill Finck won the Men's B, and Doug Barrow and Steve Seigel won the Men's 55.  Congratulations to all the winners.  Winners not only had to overcome tough opponents but temperatures below 0 degrees. Men's Open, Women's Open, Men's 55+, and Men's "B" results.  photos of 2004 SSI,

Tennis Week Magazine
Tennis Week Magazine

Tennis Week Magazine Starts their coverage of The Battle @ Becket with news in their January 2004 Issue. The article pictures the Platform Tennis National Champions and details of the events. view article here

Long Island Mens Invitational B
Aery/Viant back together

Long Island, NY
The Long Island Mens Invitational was a 32 mens team tournament taking place from January 3rd to 4th. In the semi-finals it was
Brad Thurman(LI) / Bob Litwin(LI) defeating Steve Stolls(LI) /Andy Leggio(CT) 7-6,6-1 in the first semi-final match. In the second semi-final match Rich Green(LI) / Alfred Morgan(LI) defeated Chris Buck(CT) / Randy Howie(CT) 6-1,7-5 and went onto the finals where it was Rich Green / Alfred Morgan defeating Brad Thurman / Bob Litwin 6-1, 6-3. Click here to see a full sized picture of the players.

Sue Aery Returns to Play Sound Shore
Aery/Viant back together

Sue Aery has once again teamed up with partner Geri Viant to play the Sound Shore Invitational January 10th and 11th.  Together Sue and Geri have won 9 Women's National Titles - more here

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